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These squeaky, scrawny creatures are the ones some of us look forward to more than the IPL. A creation of Ogilvy & Mather, Nirvana Films and Platypus production house, the zoozoos are humans in body suits. Shraddha Singh introduces you to the Cape Town theatre actors behind the most memorable ads ever
Actually Zoozoo’s aren’t animated characters. They are human beings who were made to wear body suits. “The design of the characters is such that one gets fooled into thinking it is animation. which was indeed the very illusion that had to be created. “In a sense, it is ‘live’ animation!” he quips, referring to the fact that it was all shot live.
By Shraddha Singh
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The selection process of these actors was very stringent. The success of the film depended heavily on the quality of performers. Word was spread around with help of casting coordinators, dance troupes and theatre companies.
Numerous auditions were conducted before the actors were picked up. The next task was fitting them into the zoozoo costume: the head was made of Perspex with three holes on top for breathing, no eyes or mouth, and the body was a separate outfit created with foam and fibre to create thin legs and arms.
A peanut vendor keeps bothering a lovey-dovey couple sitting in a garden. The male zoozoo punches the vendor in his face with a spring toy. The zoozoo acting as a vendor had to give a different body expression. Stacey had to fall over when given a punch. Several retakes were done to get that perfect shot.
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A zoozoo enters a room. Frightened from the horror present inside the room, the zoozoo rushes out shouting. He enters the room again, this time accompanied by his sister. Both the characters come out shouting. Now an elderly member of the family enters the room accompanied by the boy and the girl. All of them come out horror-struck. Cut to the next frame, we see a zoozoo with a face pack and cucumber slices placed on the eyes. “Since they were covered in a costume, they could not see what was in front of them and when they had to run through the door, they actually kept running into it, which was quite funny,” says Miller.